Red Wings Assistant General Manager / Griffins General Manager
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As the United States’ world junior team stormed the ice in Edmonton on Tuesday night, Ryan Martin was off in the background, where he prefers it. (The Athletic)
Ryan Martin enters his 12th season as assistant general manager of the Detroit Red Wings and his 16th as a member of the franchise’s front office team. Martin is primarily responsible for Collective Bargaining Agreement administration and compliance, salary cap management, player contract research and analysis, and salary arbitration preparation. He is also involved extensively in all facets of player contract negotiations, strategic planning and player evaluations at both the professional and amateur levels.
In addition, Martin is currently in his eighth full season as general manager of the two-time Calder Cup champion Griffins. He oversees all aspects of hockey operations for the AHL franchise, including player personnel decisions, player development, contract negotiations and player movement.
Prior to joining the Red Wings in 2005, Martin practiced law from 1998-99 in Denver, Colo., with the firm of Messner & Reeves, LLC, specializing in corporate, commercial transactional, and taxation law. From 1999-2003 he worked in Denver as an attorney and NHLPA certified player agent with Kurt Overhardt, PC and KO Sports, Inc., representing professional hockey players in all facets of their careers. From 2003-05, Martin served as the in-house corporate counsel for a group of closely held businesses in Massachusetts and also worked as a part-time scout for the Omaha Lancers (USHL).
A native of Connecticut, Martin graduated from Trinity College in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and legal studies. He went on to earn a law degree from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1997 and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1998.
Ryan and his wife, Candace, reside in suburban Detroit with their daughter, Ava and son, Cam.